Cape Plastic Bottle Ban


Our Goal

The Cape Plastic Bottle Ban is an educational and citizen advocacy initiative focused on raising awareness of the environmental and human impact of single-use plastic bottle consumption. In 2019, we are focused on eliminating non-emergency single-use plastic bottle purchase by town governments and sale of beverages in single-use plastic containers on town property across all towns in Barnstable County, Cape Cod.

The rationale for our Municipal Plastic Bottle Ban rests on the assumption that government is established to protect the welfare of the people it governs. Plastic bottles are made from non-renewable fuels, leach chemicals into consumables, and never biodegrade. Plastic bottles impact environmental health and the health and longevity of other species, who may ingest plastic as food. Ultimately, plastic re-enters the human food chain where the adverse consequences are both known and emerging.

Fall 2019: municipal plastic bottle ban

Municipal Plastic Bottle Ban

Plastic bottles are a by-product of the fossil fuel industry; they do not biodegrade and can last forever. Their production emits toxic waste into the air, and chemicals from plastic can leach into our beverages. After plastics are discarded, they pollute the air via incineration, contaminate groundwater through landfills, as well as harm to our oceans, beaches, roadways, and wildlife. Recycling is of little help and does not eliminate or reduce our dependence on plastic.  The hazardous effects of plastics are far more costly than indicated by price. They affect our immediate and long-term well-being. 

After successful passage of the Municipal Plastic Bottle Ban in five Cape towns this spring: Provincetown, Wellfleet, Harwich, Chatham, and Orleans, Sustainable Practices continued the campaign to reduce municipal plastic waste, adding  Brewster, Dennis, Eastham, Falmouth, Sandwich, and Yarmouth to the list of towns that have adopted the Municipal Plastic Bottle Ban as of November 18, 2019. The Municipal Plastic Bottle Ban addresses single-use plastic by eliminating purchase of single-use plastic bottled beverages by town governments and prohibiting the sale of beverages in  single-use plastic containers on town property. We are actively engaged with towns to promote alternatives to plastic and are primarily focused on behavioral change in favor of reusable containers.

Recent news coverage highlighting our Cape activities can be found on Our News page. 

Support Our Efforts

We are a volunteer led and staffed organization. All financial donations to Sustainable Practices are used in their entirety to support the organization's focus on raising awareness and promoting civic action to improve  human and environmental health. We are committed to fostering stewardship to enable sustainability. 

All donations are tax deductible. 

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Our perspective

We receive questions related to the bottle ban and in this section we provide our perspective on issues and topics of interest